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Empty Space Orchestra is a Oregon-based combo formed in 2008, playing instrumental music which blends various styles using rock and jazz as a base, and meandering from psychedelia, african musics to ambiental electronica.

They're a quintet comprised of Lindsey Elias(Drums), Keith O'Dell (Keys), Patrick Pearsall (Bass), Shane Thomas (Guitar) and Graham Jacobs on Saxophone (Elias, Thomas and O'Dell being a founding core). This young band is especially powerful in their live performances.

Their debut album 'Bing Bang' was released in 2009 as a download from iTunes. The band is currently working on their new album.

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Big Bang
3.29 | 8 ratings
Empty Space Orchestra

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 Empty Space Orchestra by EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.29 | 8 ratings

Empty Space Orchestra
Empty Space Orchestra Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA 2nd album is a "strange" album... Why ? Because in my opinion the 5 first tracks make me think to give a high note ( above 4 stars...)... but the 4 last tracks sounds completely "out of tune" in relationship to initial tracks - in real, seems another band. In the best part of the album their sound remember their countryman BIRDS AND BUILDINGS and his 2 fantastic albums "Bantam to Behemoth" and "Multipurpose Trap" a fantastic mix of jazz, heavy and eclectic prog. In the final tracks only the last track "Clouds" can be saved from the "ostracism". My rate is 3 stars !!!
 Dark Matters by EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

Dark Matters
Empty Space Orchestra Eclectic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Two great songs!

There are some forum members whose tastes and recommendations are a guarantee, one of them is Assaf (avestin) and since he wrote he suggested this band, I immediately went to their bandcamp and download some of their music. This US band named Empty Space Orchestra, is an instrumental outfit that offers a wonderful blend of styles, such as rock, metal, jazz and even post-rock. The result is great and original music that may please any of us.

"Dark Matters" is a two-song EP that let us know the quality and the particular style of this band. Though it is always better to listen to a full-length album, here I can say I am pleased with this couple of compositions. The first one is entitled "New Breed of Skank", with eight minutes of mind-blowing modern prog. It starts heavy with a combination of metal and psychedelic tones; half a minute later keyboards enter and adds an even more dramatic atmosphere. After a minute with those guitars, I can feel some kind of mid-eastern flavor. Later it changes and some kind of jam appears, with bass and drums playing constantly, while sax, guitars and synths make their craziness. I really love the energy, but I love more that wonderful blend of genres. After three minutes there is a change, some instruments cease while drums and bass never cease, and then a vertiginous structure begins and little by little progresses. After six minutes it notably slows down and seems it is going to end, but no, there are two minutes left in which they give us once again moments full of energy.

The second song is "Sad Panda" with almost ten minutes length. This one does not begin with the previous energy, on the other hand, it has an atmospheric, slow-rhythm start in which guitars make some noise while bass and drums play constantly. Then little by little it is progressing, adding new elements such as saxophone, which produce different nuances and make the song richer. It continues like that, with this mid-tempo rhythm and with those atmospheric and psychedelic moments. After five minutes it slows down, it is like resting, taking a new breath in order to continue the journey, which once again, is being built little by little. After seven minutes there comes a little passage when only drums sound and then vanish, it seems it's the end, but like in the previous track, it reborn and give us a few more, until it actually finishes.

Though this EP does not reach the 20 minutes, and according to my rating policy (which I can change whenever I wish) in which I do not rate with more than 2 stars these kind of releases, this time I will give it three stars without a doubt. I recommend it to you, and then you will understand why I am so positive.

Enjoy it!

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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